Portsmouth Pearls – Hong Kong Charlies

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Another hidden gem and one that you could be walking past. On the end of Palmerston Road in Southsea you can find this unique bar: Hong Kong Charlies (HKC). Known in Portsmouth for its one of a kind, made in house vodka. HKC offers flavours of all different kinds; from fruits like Cherry to sweet-tooth choice like Starburst (I recommend Fizzy Cola Bottle). And wow do they taste incredible! Shot on their own or mixed with lemonade/coca cola the flavours will never fail to put a smile on your face.

They are also ‘Frozen’ shots available but don’t be deceived by their look. They are surprisingly delicious and like an alcoholic mini milkshake (Aero is my favourite). No need to swig it down, its so yummy you have to enjoy it! I’d recommend having one along side your vodka mix choice.

Simply put this place is an adults childhood dream come true, imagine your favourite sweet or chocolate and (mostly likely) its a flavour here, with alcohol!


If you’re going all out for a heavy night or are feeling brave enough, a Balkan is must. Because it is so strong (88%…) it is served with a glass of water and a stamp on your hand to make sure you only receive one. Another daring choice is Skorppio (37%) but be warned, if you get served the last drop, you’ve got to eat the scorpion!


I haven’t had a chance to try the cocktails but they are highly recommended. There are classics on offer like Cosmopolitan or more adventurous adaptations, for example the Golden Dragon. Also on certain days cocktails are 2-4-1 and vodka mixes are cheap, if you fancy a mid-week treat!


Lou and I are happy customers, as always. A firm favourite for students and locals alike and one you simply CAN NOT miss! It was a regular stop on nights out for us girls and how I miss it now! I don’t know any other place like HKC, so make sure you pop in for one or five!


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18 thoughts on “Portsmouth Pearls – Hong Kong Charlies

    1. Not always as bad as it sounds but yes it’s all safe and controlled thank goodness. There are so many other places to visit in Portsmouth so if you fancy it check out my Pearl series 🙂

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  1. If I’m ever in Portsmouth, I’m going to check this place out! It seems like a really nice place! Xx

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk


    1. Haha you are safe indeed, they are extremely unique. There are so many other places to visit in Portsmouth too so check out my Pearl series for other recommendations 🙂


  2. This place seems like such a hidden gem and a very cute place to drink! I’ve never been to portsmouth but i hear it’s stunning and i 100% plan to visit!

    Rebecca xx | Rxbxcca.blogspot.com


    1. It’s not very well known but definitely one of my favourites. I love the city, especially in the sunshine of course. I have some more posts on Portsmouth but please get in touch if you are going to visit because I would love to share tips! Hope you can go soon ☺️ xx


    1. So right! I can’t think of one they don’t, thank you! Hope you get to visit soon after deadlines are done (best of luck with your Masters!) x


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